Greenwich Library thanks those who ‘read together’

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I would like to thank the Greenwich community for their enthusiastic participation in Greenwich Reads Together (GRT), the third annual communitywide reading experience.

From April to early May, Greenwich became engaged in the exploration of a single book, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

Residents turned out for 19 different events — readings, expert panels, storytimes, crafts, music, book discussions and historical events sponsored by many town-based organizations.

In the schools, more than 2,700 people (students, parents and faculty) participated in Greenwich Reads Together with 21 programs across the district — over a thousand more than last year. Two companion books were selected, enabling younger children at the elementary and middle school level to participate as well, and the Greenwich Rotary Club received three times the number of essay contest submissions over last year.

This community-based program would not be possible without the generous funding provided by the lead sponsor Wiggin and Dana, as well as Connecticut Center for the Book, Rotary Club of Greenwich, Whole Foods, Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, Friends of Greenwich Library and Dr. Laura and Mr. Robert Glanville. I would also like to thank the Greenwich Reads Together Steering Committee which includes Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public and Independent Schools, and Friends of Greenwich Library.

I thank all of you for joining us in exploring When the Emperor Was Divine.


Carol Mahoney

 The author is the director of the Greenwich Library.

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